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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Haircuts If You Have Cowlicks in the Front of Your Hair

Middle parts were made for you.
Haircuts for cowlicks in front

Q: Dear Bill, you're so generous for offering your expertise to your readers. Thank you so much! I'm going to be 46 years old soon and would love a fresh, updated look that you think is right for me. 

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I don't have a natural part—I have cowlicks on both sides of my forehead. I'm also particularly self-conscious about my large forehead and my crooked nose. 

Haircuts for cowlicks in front

Margaret has cowlicks on both sides of her forehead.

About me: I'm 5'6", with brown/hazelish eyes and medium olive skin. I started greying in my early twenties, but my natural hair colour is medium brown with reddish undertones. I have thick, wavy and somewhat frizzy hair—and lots of it. Because it's coloured, it tends to be dry.

Haircuts for cowlicks in front

Margaret is currently growing out a bob.

After I had baby number two last year, I decided to get rid of my long, layered locks and get a bob, which I grew tired of quickly. It's grown out a bit, but I'm not sure where I'm going with it anymore.

Haircuts for cowlicks in front

Margaret is looking for a fresh, updated colour and cut.

Please, Bill, let me know what you think I should do with my colour and my cut. I look forward to reading your advice! Thank you so much in advance. — Margaret

A: Margaret, thank you for your kind words and your consultation request. This is the haircut that I recommend for you—layered and to the collarbone. And with a middle part, if your hair will allow it with your cowlicks.

Jennifer Aniston Horrible Bosses Los Angeles premiere 2011

Jennifer Aniston at the 2011 Los Angeles premiere of 'Horrible Bosses.'

These modern and versatile layers will frame your face and accentuate your cheekbones. Parting your hair down the middle should balance your cowlicks and will create the illusion of a smaller forehead.

Consider adding long, skinny ends. This will help to disperse the thickness of your hair with the extra length, and will show off the layers.

Meg Ryan Kate Leopold Los Angeles premiere 2001

Meg Ryan at the 2001 Los Angeles premiere of 'Kate & Leopold.'

Either way, you can wear it straight or rock your natural wave, enhanced with a curling wand.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Saint Laurent at the Palladium 2016

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at Saint Laurent at the Palladium in 2016.

Highlighting the cowlick in some cases can be beautiful. This is also the colour I would suggest for you:

Jessica Biel I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Los Angeles premiere 2007

Jessica Biel at the 2007 Los Angeles premiere of 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.'

Here are a few more examples of well-handled cowlicks to inspire you:

Candice Swanepoel Victoria's Secret Valentine's Day event 2010

Candice Swanepoel at the 2010 Victoria's Secret Valentine's Day event.

Blake Lively Swarovski Crystallized Store Lounge New York Grand Opening Party 2009

Blake Lively at the 2009 Swarovski Crystallized Store & Lounge New York Grand Opening Party.

Lindsay Lohan CFDA Awards 2006

Lindsay Lohan at the 2006 CFDA Awards.

I hope this helps. I am totally confident that you can make peace with your cowlicks.